Charitable Relief

Charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs can (CASC) get business rates relief of up to 80%. The property must be used mainly or entirely for charity or sport.

To qualify:

  • the premises must be wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes and
  • the organisation must be established for charitable purposes only

Charitable Purposes

Both registered charities and community amateur sports clubs may qualify for the relief if they can show that they were established for charitable purposes and are non-profit making. This includes Church Commissioners, Scouts and Guides, and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC). It also includes some charity shops where the proceeds of the sale of goods are used for the purposes of the charity.


Eligible charities and clubs will receive a mandatory 80% reduction in business rates. The Council also has the discretion to give further relief to take this up to 100%.

West Suffolk Discretionary Relief Scheme

To Apply

To apply for Charitable Rate Relief visit our Do it online page, choose your council and select Business Rates forms.

If you are granted relief you must notify the council immediately of any changes of circumstances affecting entitlement to the mandatory relief. This includes any change of correspondence address for the organisation.